Florida Mom Buys Armed Security Guard for Local Elementary School

Got $12,000? Then you too can have an armed security presence in your child's grade school, like Laurie Lauria

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In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, many schools are rushing to implement preventative measures in order to stop another tragedy from happening. The major prohibitive factor: cost. An armed security guard makes on average $27,040 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and in an era of stretched budgets, it’s a bill that many schools can’t foot.

Unless you have private funding – which is what one Florida elementary school is relying on. The Flagler County School District is publicly praising mother Laurie Lauria, who has offered to pay for an armed security guard to protect her daughter’s elementary school. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Lauria has hired a “trained, off-duty Sheriff’s deputy” for Old Kings Elementary School in the town of Flagler Beach, Fla.

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The guard’s salary will be $32 an hour, a cost that Flagler’s schools budget can’t accomodate. A total of six armed guards already patrol the school district’s two middle schools, two high schools and its alternative school, but there are no guards at any of its six elementary schools. (Flagler’s school district pays for four of the guards, and the city and Sheriff’s department each pay for one.)

Lauria has already written a check for $12,000 to cover the first two months’ pay for the guard, according to the Huffington Postand has made a verbal commitment to pay for the rest of the year. “I don’t know how you say no to such a wonderful gesture,” Superintendent Janet Valentine told the News-Journal. The guard will patrol the entrance and grounds of the school.

In a press release issued by Superintendent Valentine’s office, Lauria is listed as the president of Police Services, Inc., a “private manufacturer of safety minded products” but explicitly notes that her company doesn’t deal with weapons or security services, to address any questions about any possible conflict of interest. The press release also implies her motives are pure: Lauria consulted with “several high-ranking school officials” and law enforcement departments before contributing her money.

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6 comments
gsquartell
gsquartell

32 an hour? all the guard I know make 11$ an hour max. 

RossGonz
RossGonz

I think thats a great idea ... I mean some one has to figure some thing out to protect our children ... you go gurl?

Missua
Missua

wow. call her paranoid but her action's benefiting the whole school so kudos to her!

Cboyle88
Cboyle88 like.author.displayName 1 Like

That's crazy.  I understand she wants to protect her child at all cost, what parent wouldn't?  But come on.  Odds are the time her child is most at risk is in the car with her or on a school bus.  I think her money would be better spent wrapping her child in bullet proof bubble wrap.  Now i know what I'm about to say sounds crazy to us sane people but I'm sure its right up this paranoid mothers ally.   What if the very person you hired is mentally unstable, oh no and hes already in the school with a gun! NOOOOOOOOO!

nextprez
nextprez

She's not providing security for only her kid but for the whole school. That is noble.